Apprenticeship numbers may have seen a sharp fall over the last year since the introduction of the Levy, yet, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) says more businesses must take advantage of their available training funds.

With the government aiming for 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the professional body for the motor industry, the IMI says the Levy is the driving force in achieving this figure - however more must be done if businesses are to fully understand how they are best to spend their training funds.

Since the launch of the new Standards in 2016, the IMI has registered over 2,000 apprentices across their 660 training centres and more than 70 Approved Centres have begun the transition from Frameworks to Standards. The IMI is also set to launch new Standards for Customer Service, Auto Care and Land-based Engineering later this year.

Chris Cotterill, Business Development Manager at the IMI, said:
"The IMI’s role in the new Apprenticeship Standards is as an End-Point Assessment Organisation. Our role is to comply with the assessment plan for each of the Standards we offer; providing the bespoke products and services required to ensure independent End-Point Assessment”.

“The IMI is an organisation filled with industry experts and we’re set up to deliver bespoke advice and guidance – we can make sure the transition from Frameworks to Standards is as seamless as possible. The IMI has established a new team set up purely to manage End-Point Assessments, so if centres and businesses want advice about the process involved with the new Standards and End Point Assessments, then we would ask them to contact us so we can arrange an appointment with them.”

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